Roads policing teams in cycle safety week

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CYCLISTS are being warned to stay safe in a week of action by police.

Nearly 1,000 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight between January 2011 and December 2015.

With the clocks going back and the commuting hours being darker, officers are urging cyclists to stay safe and motorists to be conscientious.

Of the 979 dead or seriously injured, 21 per cent happened in the rush hour periods.

Primary schools are getting involved and being encouraged to wear bright clothing for a Your Time to Shine Day.

Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard said: ‘During this week we will be speaking to cyclists and other road users about safe riding and driving tips and about sharing the road together for the safety of all.

‘Cycling is a great way to keep fit and healthy, however cyclists are one of our vulnerable road users and when they are involved in a collision the injuries can be serious.

‘As the light reduces and visibility diminishes it is always good idea for all road users to be bright and as visible as they can.

‘Despite the dangers, some cyclists take the risk of riding without lights, which as well as being illegal, increases their risk of being involved in a collision.’